Weave a Rush Hat

Date(s) - 21 Feb 2022 until 22 Feb 2022
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Come and weave your own beautiful sun hat out of rush, a soft and aromatic material.

weave rush hatWe will start by weaving a small mat to get into the feel of working with rush and then progress to making the hat for which we will use check weave, pairing, waling and rod bordering. Previous experience of basketry is definitely recommended. 
Jane will gently guide you through the process and you will be able to weave your own beautiful and bespoke rush hat to wear home.

Rush is a wonderful material to weave with as it is softer and much gentler on the hands than willow. 

All tools and materials provided. Please wear warm old clothing.

Tutor: Jane Welsh

Jane is an experienced basket maker and attentive teacher. Her knowledge and love of willow and rush is inspiring. She will also have a range of her own baskets for sale at extremely reasonable prices.


“I had forgotten pretty much everything about basket weaving and I took part in this workshop to remind myself so that I can continue at home. I now can continue! The teaching was very good, Jane was observant, informative and careful to ensure reasonably high quality results. Denmark Farm is a top venue with great facilities”. Blue Morgan 

“Thank you so much for arranging the basket making course. Jane is an amazing and thoughtful teacher. She gives everyone her undivided attention and responds to what they want to do and their level. It is relaxing just to be with her and I learn so much. A big thank you! It was like a mini-holiday.” Jane Johns 

Fee: £110 per person.

NB. There is an additional £20 per person for materials, to be paid in cash on the day.

Click here to read our terms and conditions of booking

NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.

  • This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.
  • Please do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
  • If you are able to, please do a lateral flow test just before leaving home. 
  • There will be a smaller number of participants to allow for good social distancing. 
  • Please come prepared to work in a very well ventilated room (with plenty of warm clothing and a blanket too if you feel the cold). 
  • Everybody will be required to wear a face mask (unless medically exempt) on arrival, whilst moving around and when working closely with the tutor etc. At other times face masks may be removed whilst sitting at a work station at a good distance from others.
  • There will be access to hand washing facilities, plus plenty of hand sanitiser available.
  • We are currently unable to provide any refreshments so please bring all of your own drinks, food and cups etc.
  • We can boil a kettle at lunch time to top up your flasks if required.

You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list. 

For accommodation during this workshop in our self-catering Eco Lodge or shared Dormitory please do get in touch to check availability.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.

weave rush hat



Weave a Rush Hat


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